Local economies

  • The future must be climate resilient

    01 July 2020

    Simon Brammer and Simeran Bachra present some insights from a recent webinar with councils discussing how the pandemic is impacting action on climate change.


  • Walking and cycling plea to avoid 'car-mageddon'

    01 July 2020

    A senior councillor has warned against a ‘car-mageddon’ recovery post-lockdown as he urged the sector to invest in walking and cycling.


  • Blueprint for recovery

    01 July 2020

    Norwich City Council has approved a framework to steer recovery. CEO Stephen Evans outlines how the authority will recast its transformation programme to learn lessons from COVID-19.


  • Getting ahead of the curve

    30 June 2020

    How can COVID-19 testing and tracing best harness the experience and expertise of councils, and how ready is local government for the next phase of easing lockdown? Ann McGauran reports.


  • How can construction deliver more value to support left-behind communities?

    30 June 2020

    Chair of the Institute of Economic Development Bev Hurley puts forward five recommendations to ensure construction can deliver more value to support left-behind communities.


  • Levelling-up: we’ve been here before and we need it to change

    25 June 2020

    Levelling-up is not new, says Mike Palin. He argues we must get better at delivering sub-national economic growth, and he presents a six-point plan for what needs to change.


  • Council urges residents to stick to two metre rule

    25 June 2020

    Luton BC has urged its residents to continue to stick to socially distancing by two metres despite the Government easing the rule.


  • Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery

    24 June 2020

    Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.


  • Kick-starting the drive for homes

    24 June 2020

    Cllr Paul Carter sets out themes and critical actions identified in a new essay collection for a housing-led recovery, commissioned by Localis.


  • Six lessons for devolution from COVID-19

    24 June 2020

    A localised and nimble response to the coronavirus outbreak is important, say Colin Copus and Steve Leach, who highlight six broad lessons to inform devolution.


  • Building economies that work for people

    23 June 2020

    IPPR North has been working with the Local Government Association to set out how local government can build inclusive economies. Marcus Johns says bold policy to deliver on this  ‘is the only sustainable way forward’.


  • Inclusive growth is key to local wealth

    23 June 2020

    Sir Richard Leese outlines the three ways councils can leverage their influence to bring about inclusive economic growth. But they ‘cannot shoulder this burden alone’, he adds.


  • The Government must act now to stop coronavirus 'levelling down'

    23 June 2020

    Chief executive of Centre for Cities Andrew Carter warns that failure to act could create a situation where the Government oversees a levelling down of the country – not a levelling up.


  • Overcoming the unemployment mountain

    23 June 2020

    The avalanche of unemployment that is soon to hit us needs to soar up the agenda, says Dan Corry. Here he outlines solutions that can help us avoid the worst outcomes.


  • Life after lockdown: managing local variations

    23 June 2020

    Wide local variations in the impact of the coronavirus pose a major headache to the government. Michael Burton reports on a new Institute for Fiscal Studies report examining varying needs judged by local authority areas.


  • Proceed until apprehended

    22 June 2020

    In the wake of the first wave of the pandemic, we should not wait for national government to approve, but proceed to set the agenda instead, says director of the Leadership Centre Joe Simpson.


  • ONS figures show the devastating effect of COVID on public finances

    19 June 2020

    The UK’s total public debt is now larger than the entire economy for the first time in nearly 60 years according to latest monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing the devastating impact of the coronavirus on the public finances.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Authorities 'key' to local economic wealth

    18 June 2020

    Local government must be the key player in a democratic reform of our economies that takes a decade of community wealth building into the mainstream, says CLES.


  • Wealth-building for our local economic recovery

    17 June 2020

    Associate director of CLES Frances Jones says now is the time to mobilise 10 years of community wealth-building work and take it into the mainstream.


  • Radical steps needed to tackle unemployment

    16 June 2020

    Radical steps will be needed to reduce the depth of the labour market crisis, a think tank has said as the latest jobs figures were revealed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).